Walter Meier acquires the UK’s market leader in humidification, JS Humidifiers

Swiss climate and manufacturing technology group Walter Meier has acquired the UK’s market leader in humidification, JS Humidifiers. Walter Meier expects the acquisition to enable it consolidate its leading position in the global humidification market.

The UK investment comes after the Swiss firm recently bought its distributor in Denmark. The purchase of JS Humidifiers is a further contribution to Walter Meier’s development strategy of direct involvement in important markets.

Walter Meier CEO Silvan G.R. Meier said the acquisition of the established market leader in the UK is the most effective means of developing the key British market successfully. Walter Meier has always known that JS held the key to turning the firm into the number one spot in the British humidification sector, noted Mr Meier.

With the acquisition complete, Walter Meier will now be pursuing a common future with an established UK presence. Walter Meier is also hoping for further benefits from collaborating in the export business; JS is very successful in exporting to India, for instance, said Mr Meier. JS also has an extremely attractive product range in energy-efficient humidifiers and evaporative coolers, which represent welcome additions to Walter Meier’s Condair range, he added.

JS Humidifiers was established in 1980 and is the leading supplier of humidification equipment and systems in the UK. In 2010, JS achieved sales of CHF 13 million and employed just fewer than 60 employees, all of whom will be kept on. The current management team will continue to be responsible for running JS. Its headquarters and manufacturing centre will remain in Rustington, West Sussex.

Walter Meier is an international climate and manufacturing technology group. The company is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, and does business in more than 70 countries. Its 1600 employees generate sales of approximately CHF 650 million.

Walter Meier is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial and industrial humidification systems. With its main brand Condair, the firm boasts setting standards with regard to energy efficiency and hygiene. In geographical terms, its operations focus on Europe, North America and China. However, it also exports to over 50 countries throughout the world.

Walter Meier operates as a wholesaler offering leading expertise in the provision of advice and servicing for the heating and cooling of residential and commercial buildings. Its end customers, the builder owners, are serviced exclusively through its distribution partners, which are HVAC installers.
6th April 2011